1946 March

3rd Before 4,668 in Miami, the New York Giants and Boston Braves play to a 17-inning, 4-4 tie. The game is called on account of darkness.

The New York Yankees wind up their 11-game swing through the Panama Canal Zone with a 5-4 loss to the Canal Zone All-stars. Al Jarlett, slated for the PCL, goes the distance in handing the Yankees their 3rd loss, as the All-stars score the tying and winning runs in the 9th on a throwing error by rookie SS Joe Bockman. The team leaves for Florida tomorrow.

The Browns sign veteran Joe Medwick who has been released by the Boston Braves. They will release him before the season starts and he will sign up with Brooklyn.

7th Negro Leaguer Marvin Williams, playing for Vargas against Magallanes, sets a still-standing Venezuelan League mark by driving in 8 runs on 2 homers and 2 singles. Vargas wins 16–9.

10th In Havana, Cuba, the Red Sox defeat the Washington Senators, 7–3, in a spring training game.

13th In Tampa, Reds manager Bill McKechnie starts a lineup entirely composed of ex-servicemen in a game against the Cardinals. With the exception of catcher Ray Lamanno, all the players are rookies. St. Louis, with 7 ex-servicemen in the lineup, wins, 1-0.

14th Rookie Ralph Kiner has 2 walks and 5 hits, including 2 homers, and drives in 10 runs as the Pirates maul the White Sox, 23-2, in a spring training game. Kiner’s springtime roommate Elbie Fletcher has 3 walks ad 4 hits in 7 plate appearances. Kiner will have 22 hits in his first 44 at bats in Florida.

15th A brakeman, standing atop a slow-moving train outside the West Palm Beach Park, catches a long foul ball hit by A’s first baseman George McQuinn in the 3rd inning against the Giants. McQuinn’s drive bounces over the train and the brakeman catches it as it goes by.

17th In Daytona Beach, The Dodgers take the field against their minor-league farm team, the Montreal Royals. With Jackie Robinson in the lineup for Montreal, the game marks the first appearance of an integrated team in organized baseball in this century. More than forty years later, the field will be renamed Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

30th A holdout from the Browns, SS Vern Stephens signs a 5-year deal worth $175,000 with the Pasquel brothers to play in Vera Cruz, Mexico. Stephen asks that $5,000 be sent to his wife, but on the phone tells her to not spend any of it till he returns from Mexico. Stephens will play a couple of games in Mexico, then jump back. One day later Mickey Owen of the Dodgers signs to manage the Mexican club in Torreón. Owen announces he will return and then changes his mind again.The Giants dismiss Roy Zimmerman, George Hausmann, and P Sal Maglie for dickering with the Pasquels, and the trio departs for Mexico.